Daemen put up a heroic fight to extend its championship match against New York Institute of Technology on Saturday in the East Coast Conference Tournament before 325 at Lumsden Gymnasium in Amherst.
The No. 1 seeded Wildcats kept the match going with a 26-24 win in the third set, but No. 2 NYIT closed it out, 25-20, in the fourth set. NYIT had scored hard-fought decisions in the opening two sets, 25-23 and 25-21.
The teams had split their regular season matches, each side winning on the other’s home court.
Ashley Drzymala (St. Mary’s, Lancaster) had kills on the last two points to give Daemen its 26-24 decision in the third set. Ashley Drzymala had 16 kills while Meghan Ballou (Eden) had 15 in the match for Daemen. Bailey Dolegowski (St. Mary’s, Lancaster) had 43 assists. NYIT’s defense proved tough to crack with 16 blocks, including 10 by Rachel Guida.